Salt Lake City, UT – As part of its Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah, the Sutherland Institute, Utah’s leading conservative think tank, will host two experts to explain why natural resources play a vital role in Utah’s economic strength. Dave Tabet, program manager for the Utah Geological Survey, and Roy Innis, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) will be presenting from 9-11 am on Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at Sutherland Institute, Crane Building, 307 W. 200 S., Suite 5005.
In a speech delivered at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, Innis said that the most daunting challenges to civil rights today are laws and policies governing energy and the environment. “Laws and policies that restrict access to America’s abundant energy drive up the price of energy and consumer goods. They cause widespread layoffs, leaving unemployed workers and families struggling to survive, as the cost of everything they eat, drive, wear and do spirals out of control.”
Nearly 1,500 Utah businesses, employing over 35,000 Utahns, depend on natural resources for their existence. Those employed in the 525 mining establishments throughout Utah earn an average annual income of approximately $64,000, 79 percent more than Utah average.
“Natural resources are essential to Utah’s strong economy and provide economic benefits to all Utah citizens,” said Derek Monson, policy analyst for the Sutherland Institute. “Utah’s resources support economic sectors that deliver high-paying jobs to Utah families, particularly to families with few other employment opportunities.”
More information about Earth Week 2008 can be found at http://www.sutherlandinstitute.org/earth.asp.